The putting green is nature's Persian rug: it is very delicate, uniquely beautiful, and needs to be mowed daily. Take aim at Mother Nature's finest craftsmanship with today's Groupon: for $55, you get 18 holes of golf for two with a cart at The Golf Club at Roddy Ranch (up to a $150 value) in Antioch.
Heralded as the "finest golf course that's opened in the Bay Area in years" by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Golf Club at Roddy Ranch tees up 18 challenging links-style holes chiseled from foothills on a 2,000-acre working cattle ranch. Test shot shaping or make a sweater from sewn-together divots on grounds sculpted by American Society of Golf Course Architects–certified designer J. Michael Poellot and meticulously maintained by Ryan Zuehlsdorf, 2010 Superintendant of the Year for Excellence in Turfgrass Management. Just 50 miles from San Francisco proper, the par 72 course is more than 7,000 yards long and carries a 74.5 rating from the tips, making it a great place to overcome a fear of endlessly rolling greens once and for all.
A self-described "cattleman," Jack Roddy made the shrewd business decision to turn his 2,000-acre cattle ranch into Roddy Ranch, which opened its pristine greens in 2000. The outcome was a resounding success, as the club's 18-hole, 7,024-yard course garnered praise from its early guests, including a San Francisco Chronicle writer who lauded the "home-free surroundings" as "the finest golf course that's opened in the greater Bay Area in years." With mounded terrain, relatively scarce tree lines, a multitude of bunkers, and ball washers that speak Gaelic, the course brings the links-style characteristics of golf's Emerald Isle forebears into the rustic hills of northern California. As golfers traverse the grassy labyrinth, elevated greens and tee boxes give way to scenic views of the brown- and green-toned landscape as rising foothills graze the distant clouds.
The expansive club also encompasses a 400-yard, three-tiered driving range, as well as a pro shop featuring golf apparel and accessories from Titleist, FootJoy, Antigua, and other top industry brands. After trolling the fairways or burying disloyal 9 irons in the deepest bunker, players can retreat to The Corral, where a full repertoire of sandwiches, salads, soups, soft drinks, beer, and liquor foster post-round rejuvenation and revelry.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Length of 7,024 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 74.5 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 142 from the farthest tees
Five tee options
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